Although BMR can be mixed with conventional silage in a ration, it is best to store the different types of silage in separate structures.
When formulating rations with BMR, use dynamic ration formulation software. This software will help optimize health, productivity and profitability.
Higher levels of digestible fiber will enhance rumen microbial efficiency and replace a portion of the energy from starch sources. This leads to higher dry matter intake (DMI).
Feed at least 15 pounds of dry matter BMR corn silage per cow per day. This provides a solid base of digestible fiber.
The fiber in BMR corn silage is more digestible and may result in an increase in group DMI.
Keep an eye on total ration starch, neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and effective fiber levels. Additional sources of effective fiber may be needed to maintain optimal rumen function and control rate of passage through the rumen.
If you see changes in manure consistency, milk components and milk urea nitrogen (MUN), work with your nutritionist to fine-tune the diet.